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Ethiopians Again Dominate Stratton Faxon Half Marathon

Kumsa Adugna wins the race with a time of 1:04.40 and is followed by three of his countrymen

Ethiopians again dominated the Stratton Faxon Half Marathon on Sunday, taking the first four positions in the 31st annual race through Fairfield and Southport.

Kumsa Adugna finished first in a time of 1:04.40, as the 24-year-old crossed the tape 15 seconds ahead of countryman Ketema Nigusse. They were followd by Worku Beyi (1:06.14), last year's runner-up,  and Genna Tufa (1:08.11).

The top American finisher was 27-year-old Ridgefielder Lucas Meyer, who placed fifth with a time of 1:09.52.  Trumbull's Matt Klein, 17, was ninth (1:13.43), making him the top finisher in his age group.

The first woman across the finish line was Morocco's Malika Mejdoub (1:18.05) while the top American female was West Simsbury's Shannon McHale, who was 38th overall (1:23.48).

More than 4,000 runners participated in the race, which is regarded as one of the top half marathons in the  Northeast.

In Saturday's 5-K race, which attracted 1,500 runners for the 3.1 mile course around Jennings Beach, Ansonia's Timothy Milenkevich crossed the finish line first with a time of 16:07. The top female finisher was Darien's Amanda Tripodi with a time of 18:59.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, also participated in the event, running for the John Patrick Flanagan Foundation

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